Baked Falafel Tacos

 

Baked Falafel Tacos-Unique twist to healthy tacos at home. Crispy baked falafel topped with creamy tzatziki sauce and wrapped in a corn tortilla make for the perfect dinner! Great idea for Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday! Weight Watcher friendly (5 SmartPoints).

 

Baked Falafel Tacos-Unique twist to healthy tacos at home. Crispy baked falafel topped with creamy tzatziki sauce and wrapped in a corn tortilla make for the perfect dinner! Great idea for Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday! Weight Watcher friendly (5 SmartPoints).

 

Tacos are probably my favorite food to eat and to make.  So many different varieties and ingredients.  Living in the Midwest means that there is not a taco stand on every corner, like back in Texas.  That means it’s up to me to make tacos at home!  Sometimes I like to change things up a bit and create a unique taco to keep things interesting.  My Baked Falafel Tacos are a unique twist on tacos.  Crispy baked falafel topped with creamy tzatziki sauce and wrapped in a corn tortilla make for the perfect healthy meal!  Great for Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday!  This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and one taco is 5 SmartPoints.

 

Falafel is a mixture of ground chickpeas (a.k.a garbanzo beans) and spices formed into a ball (or patty) and fried in a pan.  Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  So SO good!  I could eat falafel every week and be happy!  I order falafel every time I go to a Greek restaurant.  No matter what, I have to get an order of falafel!  I like to see how different restaurants make their falafel.  Sometimes they are patties and sometimes they are in a ball form.  Falafel is either served as an appetizer with dipping sauce or in a gyro, which is the Greek version of a sandwich- meat (or falafel) wrapped in fluffy pita bread.  The only negative about ordering falafel at a restaurant is that falafel is typically fried, so it’s not the healthiest option on the menu.  But hey, it’s ok in moderation…. right 🙂 ?!

 

I was craving falafel a while back but didn’t have any pita bread.  I had a ton of corn tortillas, so I thought “Duh, TACOS!”  Pretty much anything is good served as a taco.  I remember when I made these tacos the first time, my husband wasn’t sure what to think but then he tried a bite and said “Yeah, this totally works”!  I actually saved a few Weight Watcher SmartPoints by using corn tortillas instead of pita bread.  I also had a jar of my Homemade Tzatziki Sauce on hand so I thought it would be perfect to add the sauce the tacos.  Hot sauce just didn’t make sense so this sauce is perfect as a taco topper!  I like to make a big batch of this sauce and serve it all week with Healthy Chicken Gyros, Greek Turkey Burgers, or Baked Feta Greek Fries.  This sauce is decadent, easy to make, and seriously delicious.

 

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce-Perfect addition to any Greek inspired meal! Low fat & low carb packed with bold flavors. Great as a dip or with meat!

   

 

I like making falafel at home because I can bake it rather that fry it, which is a healthier version of falafel.  I also like to make big batches and freeze some of the falafel balls so that I can a quick weeknight meal anytime I want (because I ALWAYS have tortillas on hand… HELLO I’m from Texas 🙂 ).  Believe it or not, falafel is pretty easy to make at home y’all!  To a food processor, add cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, seasonings, and canned chickpeas. 

 

 

Pulse all the ingredients in the food processor until well blended.

 

 

Using a cookie scoop, scoop out batter to make 30 falafel balls and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  I recommend freezing the falafel balls for at least 30 minutes to help them firm up before baking.

 

 

The falafel balls will bake for 40 minutes.  If you don’t want to bake all the falafel, just put the falafel balls into a ziplock bag and freeze.  Great for a quick weeknight meal later!!  The Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is just as easy to make as the falafel balls.  I definitely recommend making this sauce for the tacos… it really takes the tacos up a notch!

 

 

Baked Falafel Tacos are the perfect meal idea when you are craving Greek food and tacos.  Crispy baked falafel topped with creamy tzatziki sauce and wrapped in a corn tortilla make for the perfect dinner!  I like to serve my tacos with romaine lettuce, chopped roma tomatoes, a couple teaspoons of Homemade Tzatziki Sauce, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.  Great idea for Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday! 

 

Baked Falafel Tacos-Unique twist to healthy tacos at home. Crispy baked falafel topped with creamy tzatziki sauce and wrapped in a corn tortilla make for the perfect dinner! Great idea for Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday! Weight Watcher friendly (5 SmartPoints).

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

For Baked Falafel Tacos, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:

  

 

Serves 7 Tacos, 1 Taco Per Serving

Baked Falafel Tacos

5 SMARTPOINTS per serving

45 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hr, 25 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Cilantro
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 28 Ounces Canned Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ Cup Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 7 Corn Tortillas (I prefer Mission Ultra-Thin Corn Tortillas)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and cumin to food processor and pulse.
  3. Add chickpeas and pulse until well combined.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and add breadcrumbs and mix well.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  6. Form mixture into 30 balls with cookie scoop.
  7. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  8. Bake in oven for 40 minutes, flipping half way through.
  9. Char tortillas on gas stove on low heat for 2 minutes on each side. If you do not have a gas stove, heat tortillas in skillet over low heat for 4 minutes on each side.

Notes

This recipe makes 4 falafel balls per taco. The falafel can be frozen- Once the balls are frozen on the baking sheet per the recipe instructions, just add the falafel balls you want to freeze to a large ziplock bag and store in the freezer. Be sure to write on the bag the cooking directions (Bake at 375 for 40 minutes).

I did not add the Homemade Tzatziki Sauce to the nutrition calculator for this recipe. If you add less than 1 tablespoon of the Tzatziki Sauce to each taco, there will be zero SmartPoints added... bonus!

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Taco (4 Falafel Balls)
Servings Per Container 7 Tacos

Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 27.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.1g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 28.7g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6.6g 26%
Sugars 1.5g
Protein 7.5g 15%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

15 Comments

  1. I have never had a falael taco let alone seen a falafel lol but this looks super delicious and healthy! I think I am missing out on life haha!

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